Amboseli & Tsavo National Parks

 


Amoboseli National Park

Amoboseli National Park is the land of giants and it covers an area of 390-sq-km. Despite the numerous poaching activities in the 1980s, it is still the home of the regions oldest and bulkiest elephants, spotting tusks whose dimensions have been consigned to history else where in the area.

The extinct volcanic mountain is the defining influence on the parks ecology and landscape.
While still in the Amoboseli, one can see wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles.

To see all that lies within the park and the snow capped Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world (5,891m) one has to visit this magnificent park to experience true wildlife.

 

 

Tsavo West National Park

The Tsavo West National Park covers an area of 7,065 sq km. While in this park one can see the Black Rhinoceros in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. The Shetani Lava flow is also a fascinating site. From its name Shetani which means the “devil”, locals oral tradition explain that many people were buried alive by the fast flowing stream of fiery lava. This was as a result of a volcanic eruption from the southern end of the Chyulu Hill 200 years ago.

 

 

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is the Kenya’s largest national park covering an area of 13,747 sq km. Characterized by its semiarid scrub land cut into two equal parts by the perennial flow of the palm-fringed Galana River. This river is the second longest in Kenya; it runs from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Athi Plains outside Nairobi.

The area is poorly suited for cultivation, although hardy sisal plantations cover large tracts of land bordering Tsavo.

 

 

Man Eaters of Tsavo

The Tsavo is also known from its man-eating lions in the year 1898. During the construction of the railway bridge across the Tsavo river at least 28 Indian laborers were devoured and possibly 140 before the lions were shot dead in December.

 

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